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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Good carpeting plants?

What plants make good low growing, carpeting-type plants? I know about Java moss, but I'm most interested in stuff that has a grassy type appearance and will spread on it's own fairly easily.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 11:13 PM
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Java moss isn't a good "carpeting plant". It's a dirt collector!

What is you light level? This will determine what plants you can successfully grow.
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Huh, I always thought Java moss was a good carpeting plant, seeing as how people have it covering their rocks and such. Oh well.

Anywho, I have two 15-watt bulbs on a 10 gallon tank, so I guess that means I have a total 3 watts per gallon, right?
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Yep, if you're adding CO2 and some nutrients you should be able to get some carpeting going.

Glossostigma elatinoides Glosso is very low growing

Hemianthus micranthemoides Pearlweed needs a regular haircuts

Eleocharis acicularis Hairgrass is another option

Riccia fluitans is a floating plant that can be held down with weights or netted to rocks

Cryptocoryne parva is a small crypt and a slow grower

Other plants are used as carpet in larger tanks, but aren't that compact to be used for a 10 gal tank. Ex Echinodorus tennellus or Sagittaria subulata.
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Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae is another good one.
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If you can find any Elatine sp. (most probably E. triandra), that is also a good choice & will tolerate a very wide range of conditions.

I grow a similar plant, Elatine gratioloides, with an 11 watt PC light over a 7 gallon cube and find it very undemanding at lower light levels.
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I picked up some glossostigma about a week ago for my foreground. In the first week I have 3 long runners spreading from the original. If you have Co2 and at least 2.5 W/gallon I would suggest giving it a try.
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Also, harder to find is Ranalisma rostrata. It's takes a bit to get going, but once it does it takes off. It looks like dwarf sag only smaller...dwarf dwarf sag you might say.

If you decide on hairgrass I would suggest the parvulus species over the acicularis species. It stays about 2-3" tall as opposed to 5-6" tall.
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Speaking of hard to find, how about Marselia quadrifoil, "poor man's glosso"? Its often recommended but I hardly ever see it actually available...

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The Glossostigma looks interesting, but according to plants Aquariumplant.com it is not for beginners. Any truth to this? Hair grass is also sparking my interest. Anyone have any pics of well established glossostigma or hairgrass?
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Pic of Glosso from plantgeek.net

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A pic of hairgrass tank from plantedtank's gallery

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Another pic of glosso from plantedtank's gallery again,



I think you can browse this site's gallery for ideas.
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Wow, I'm really liking the hairgrass now. Thanks.
I'm guessing I should probably get the "dwarf" variety, correct? Or is that a load of crap and all hairgrass is mostly the same...
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What is that plant to the left of the glosso? Nice plant!
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